White House Ignores China’s Violent Crackdowns, Releases Weak Statement

The White House is appearing to ignore the violent crackdowns on protests by the Chinese Communist Party, instead issuing a weak generalized statement supporting peaceful protests.

A statement from the White House National Security Council that was shared with reporters simply asserted that the Biden administration supports peaceful protests “around the world,” including in China.

“We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC,” the statement read, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

The statement, which was released on Monday morning, came after critics had begun to call out the White House for not making any comments over the weekend defending the protesters.

A similar message was repeated by John Kirby — the National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications — during the White House press briefing on Monday afternoon.

Kirby was asked by reporters whether he had a specific message for the protesters that are standing up against brutal crackdowns in China.

“The president’s not going to speak for protesters around the world, they’re speaking for themselves,” he said.

Still, both Kirby and the White House failed to condemn the CCP’s violent authoritarian crackdowns against the protesters — or their attempts to censor the protesters on social media.

President Joe Biden has personally remained silent on the issue, outright ignoring reporters while returning to Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening following his Thanksgiving vacation in Nantucket.

The president also held an event with Nobel Prize winners at the White House on Monday afternoon, which was closed to the press.

While refusing to actually condemn the CCP’s brutal methods, the White House statement did give China advice regarding their “zero COVID” crackdown policies.

“[W]e think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy. For us, we are focused on what works and that means using public health tools like: continuing to enhance vaccination rates, including boosters, and making testing and treatment easily accessible,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the protests in China continue — despite Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s attempts to suppress them and to hold firm on his brutal COVID containment policies.

The latest round of protests began following a fire in an apartment building in Urumqi — which killed ten people including children, according to official estimates, though people on the ground claimed the death toll was significantly higher. People in the city have blamed the CCP’s coronavirus lockdown policies for failing to rescue the victims.